After Years of Disappointment, Bengals Are NFL’s Biggest Make-or-Break Story

May 14, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

We've hit the time of year when television shows wrap for the season before a long summer of rehashed stories we've all seen before.
Once summer turns to fall and the 2016 NFL season gets underway, the AFC North could be treated to another sort of rerun. In each of the past five seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals have won at least nine games and advanced to the playoffs.
And in each of those five campaigns, the Bengals failed to advance past Wild Card Weekend.
Given that, the edict this season appears clear. If this year holds more disappointment—if the season finale in 2016 plays out like 2015 (and 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011), then it's likely the Bengals as we know them will be cancelled.
According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, there's a "growing impatience" in the Cincinnati ownership with head coach Marvin Lewis. Yes, Lewis has enjoyed as much regular-season success as any coach in team history. No one has held the Bengals job as long as Lewis' 13 years.
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